Episode 177 – It Was Black Magic

This week we follow up on the iPhone battery debacle and Apple’s battery replacement program. We also follow up on sales of Amazon Echo and Google Home while waiting for Apple’s HomePod. We discuss the 25th anniversary of pCalc. Meltdown and Spectre are the main topic as we chat about Intel’s kernel memory leaks. Blackberry signs a deal with Baidu to build self-driving cars. The big story for us is Apple’s acquisition of Buddy Build. Picks: 5 Advanced Mac Tricks You’ve Never Used, Oh Sh!t Git, 7th Guest for iOS, 360iDev 2017 Session Playlist

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Episode 175 – Get Off My Lawn! – Boxing Day Special

We’re joined by Tammy Coron who regales us with her own iPhone X experience. We look at a tip on using XCTest and console to debug UI. You can use Apple Configurator 2.6 to restore a bricked iMac Pro. We debate Apple’s undocumented battery tuning on older iPhones. We also look into revised guidelines on templated apps for business and the use of loot boxes. We also discuss the future of combined iOS and macOS where users may be able to run the same app on either platform. Picks: Awesome-CoreML-Models: Largest list of models for Core ML (for iOS 11+), Awesome-ARKit, Clip Studio Paint EX iOS.

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Stop swiping to quit apps. Your battery will thank us.

The original article, The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain by Scotty Loveless, describes his experience as an Apple Store Genius. He describes the tests he was involved with and imparts some insider knowledge on battery drain on the iPhone:

The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain

Here are the highlights:

1. Turn off Location Services and Background App Refresh

So I tried disabling Location Services  and Background App Refresh  for Facebook, and you’ll never guess what happened: my battery percentage increased. It jumped from 12% to 17%. Crazy.

2. Stop swiping to close apps. Launching and quoting apps draws power as the app loads into RAM.

What most people tell you is that closing your apps will save your battery life because it keeps the apps from running in the background.
Wrong.
Yes, it does shut down the app, but what you don’t know is that you are actually making your battery life worse if you do this on a regular basis.

Thanks to @sethfri for sharing it.